Sari Asikainen, Andreas Wiesand
in collaboration with Cas Smithuijsen, Olivier GÃ¶bel and Danielle Cliche
with a special contribution of MiÅ¡a DjurkoviÄ‡ and Dimitrije VujadinoviÄ‡: Folk Culture in Croatia, FYR Macedonia and Serbia, 2010
Boekmanstichting and Cultuurparticipatie (culture participation fund), Amsterdam (2009/10)
Partly due to the ratification of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003), "folk culture" â€“ or "traditional arts" â€“ gained more attention, during the last decade, including in in regionally, nationally and even internationally concerted heritage plans. However, strategies and details of programmes in different parts of Europe were not really known. Planning an international conference, the Dutch Fund for Cultural Participation wanted to know more and asked ERICarts partner Boekman Foundation for assistance. This led to a pilot report based on a collection of resources, which consisted of the following steps:
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Here are a few results of the pilot report: In many European countries, related policy initiatives do not primarily intend to simply keep oral, musical, dance, crafts and other every day or festive folk traditions alive in long-established, but mostly remote, settings or to isolate them from developments in cultural life and society at large. On the contrary: efforts to create effective and sustainable developing strategies are fuelled by the ambition to mainstream folk culture into larger areas of economic activity, including the cultural/creative industries and international tourism or to connect them with current social change such as migration processes or environmental concerns. In other cases, the (new) interest in folk / traditional arts is often linked to identity issues in the face of cultural globalisation or, as in some of the Eastern European countries, to the process of national identity building in relation to the relatively new independence.
As a preparation for the 4th IFACCA World Summit on Arts and Culture in Johannesburg, the ERICarts Institute contributed the survey Achieving Intercultural Dialogue through the Arts and Culture? Concepts, Policies, Programmes, Practices. The report mapped views from all parts of the world and collected cases of good practice on the (potential) role of intercultural dialogue in arts policies.
More recently, ERICarts Executive Director Andreas Wiesand advised the UN Alliance of Civilisations during the preparation and evaluation of its Global Forum in Doha: Intercultural Dialogue to Boost Development as well as the Culture Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) - cf. his paper Turning Intercultural Action into Policies.